"Chains On The Wheels" (Blog #164)
Some of my earliest memories of my Father are seeing him on the ground under his car putting chains on his wheels. The same chains you see on mail trucks when they have to deliver your mail. Philly winters can be nasty, and missing work was something my pop just didn't do. Snow, ice, tooth aches, or being sick just wouldn't crack his tough mindset. In fact, when he left his job after 20+ years as a machinist in North Philly, (a very rough neighborhood) he had over 50 paid days off that he just didn't use. Men like my Father are great at putting their heads down and simply working their asses off. That kind of mindset allows you to get things done no matter how many speed bumps you may encounter. It takes a special kind of discipline to push through hard times, but it's something that you can teach yourself, and will lead to a very fulfilling life.
We live in a world now where everyone is so quick to throw in the towel whenever an obstacle or a set back pops up. Well guess what? There will always be obstacles, tough times, set backs, and failures popping up for the rest of your life! Instead of being so quick to throw in the towel, go out and put the chains on the wheels. Having discipline gives you the freedom to be who you want to be and to do the things you want to do, without discipline your life can quickly spiral downhill. Just having the discipline to do what you say you're going to do and to reach the goals that you set for yourself is quite empowering.
When I was seven, my buddies and I wanted to play basketball outside, the only problem was we didn't have a basketball court to shoot hoops on. Instead of giving up and letting this speed bump beat us, we put the chains on the wheels. We walked to this big old abandoned building down the block from us, jumped into a dirty dumpster and found a milk crate. We ran home with it, stole some nails, a hammer, and tin snips from my pop, and cut the bottom of the crate out. We stood on a trash can, hammered the crate to a tree, and had a basketball court that we played on for the next few years.
That kind of mindset was ingrained in me and my buddies at an early age. We wanted something, and we worked hard to make it happen. We knew that if we wanted to play basketball, that we were just going to have to do something to make it happen by ourselves, because no one was going to do it for us. When you want something, no matter the goal, buckle down and just go for it!
Don't be afraid to put the Chains on the Wheels...